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Quotes of the Day for 10 June 2003 – Cars

Nikolaus August Otto was born at Holzhausen, Germany on this day in 1832. In 1861 he patented a two-stroke gas powered (gas, not gasoline) internal combustion engine. The only previous internal combustion engine was best suited to converting fuel to waste heat and the destruction of its bearings. In 1876 he created the first four-stroke piston engine, the first engine able to compete with steam for powering vehicles and the design followed by almost every automobile since.

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The quotes:

The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other.
     - Andrew H. Malcolm

It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
     - Bertrand Russell, 1872 - 1970

The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.
     - Dudley Moore

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
     - Erma Louise Bombeck, 1927 - 1996

Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.
     - Herb Brody

If automobiles had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.
     - Robert X. Cringeley


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